Rose & Vine Cottages
Gite | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
These character restored buildings date back over 300 years but now offer comfortable and modern accommodation ideal for adults and children, all surrounded by the beautiful Dordogne countryside with the river only just over 1km away.
With 5 double bedrooms, plus extra sofa-beds and cots for babies/toddlers if needed, this is an ideal location for a group holiday, be it a group of friends come to sample some of the local foods and wines, or extended families looking for somewhere to holiday or celebrate an occasion together. If you are travelling with toddlers and babies, we can supply high chair and cots, as well as other necessities.
To lighten your load, all bed linens and towels (including pool towels) are provided in the price and each property is cleaned thoroughly prior to arrival and beds made up. As we live on site, and have a fluency in French and good knowledge of the local area, we are able to recommend places to visit, restaurants and other attractions. We will endeavour to make your stay as relaxing and as enjoyable as possible, by offering additional services such as babysitting, taxi service to restaurants and vineyard and wine tastings tours.
The swimming pool is salt water and not chlorine so kinder on eyes and skin. The pool is tiled around with loungers and parasols for use by guests. The pool is secured with a fence and child proof locking gate so parents can rest easy knowing children can play in the garden safely with no risk from the pool.
We have a large selection of mountain bikes (with child seats) for guests to use free of charge to explore the surrounding countryside. There is kayaking and canoeing close by on the Dordogne river. The extensive secure lawned gardens are a paradise for children. Available to keep the children occupied we provide two table tennis tables, badminton, boules, two trampolines, swings (complete with baby seat)mslides, wooden wendy house, sand pit, see-saw and swingball. There is a hamak for those quieter moments and mature trees in the garden offer leafy shade for reading or siesta time.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Arcachon 60 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac 30 km, Nearest railway: Libourne 25 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Table tennis, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (3), Cots (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Climbing frame, Swing set, Trampoline|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details outdoors|
Both properties each have a private garden and full use of the communal garden area which includes a 11m x 5m heated fenced salt water swimming pool with loungers. The gardens are very safe, completely flat and at almost 2 acres, lots of space to run around, perfect for toddlers.
Additional facilities include table tennis, swing set, slide, trampoline, badminton or try your hand at the traditional French sport of Boules on our dedicated area. The property provides a secure parking area.
Prices are for rental of both properties per week in Euros and include bed linens and towels. Out of season, shorter stays can be arranged. A deposit of 20% is required to secure the booking and final payment is due 8 weeks prior to arrival.
The Aquitaine/Dordogne region
The Dordogne region of South-West France is one of the most beautiful and popular regions of France.
Chateaux, beautiful medieval towns and villages, unspoilt countryside and prehistoric caves are just some of the reasons why the region has been attracting visitors for many years.
On our doorstep, Montcaret, or 'Moncaret la Romaine' as some call it, boasts an 11th Century church. Also a Roman Villa, only partly excavated and said to be one of the best in all of France sits in the centre of the village. The mosaics are superb and these alone are well worth a visit. The cruciform gallery is said to have been the largest in the entire 5th century Roman Empire. Guided tours are available.
In 1453, Castillion la Bataille was where the last major battle of the Hundred Years war was fought. It is here also that every summer in late July and early August, a spectacular floodlit re-enactment of that battle takes place. Spread over 16 acres and involving some 800 participants, 500 of whom are actors with 50 cavalry, this is a magnificently organised and executed show. The highlight is an intense two hour battle incorporating amazing stunts and pyrotechnics.
Spend the day wandering through everyday life of the middle ages, between the farms and inns, see the puller of teeth and the hawkers before enjoying the battle. Finally, finish your day with dinner in the Medieval Inn. The festival runs for two weeks with the battles being re-enacted daily. Booking is essential for this exceptionally well organised event. For more detailed information, including dates and booking details. Please click our link for The Battle of Castillion. If all this sounds too much for you you'll be glad to hear that after hostilities have ceased Castillon la bataille returns to being a peaceful little town with an excellent market each Monday morning.
St Emilion is a truly beautiful village set into a hillside on the north side of the river Dordogne. The twelfth century town consists predominantly of old stone houses with shuttered windows and cobbled streets. Hidden beneath the town is Europe's largest underground church, a magnificent place hewn out of the soft rock by Benedictine monks in the ninth century. Louis XIV described the wines of St Emilion as the 'nectar of the gods'. At the foot of the thirteenth century chapel lies a small cave which is said to have been the home of the monk St Emilion. To this day infertile women come and sit on the stone slab reputed to have been his bed, in the hope of conceiving!
The first weekend in May sees about 20 of the local Chateaux open their doors to visitors and numerous concerts and wine tastings are held throughout the year. Particularly popular are the festivals of Fete de Printemps (June) and the Harvest (September). Recently added to UNESCO's World heritage list it would be a pity to come so near and not visit this beautiful town.
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